Short Seminars


Things in Motion: Object Histories, Biographies, and ItinerariesMay 8–9, 2012Things in Motion: Object Histories, Biographies, and ItinerariesCo-chaired by Susan D. Gillespie, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida and Rosemary A. Joyce, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, BerkeleyObjects accrue histories as they move from place to place, person to person. This seminar explored how object histories may alternatively be viewed as “itineraries,” strings of places where objects come to rest or are active, the routes through which things circulate and the means by which they come to move.
Artisan Production and the World MarketOctober 3–4, 2012Artisan Production and the World Market: Collaborating in Theory, Methods, and PracticeCo-chaired by June Nash, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, City University of New York; Katherine O'Donnell, Professor, Department of Sociology, Hartwick College; and Jeanne Simonelli, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Wake Forest UniversityThe purpose of this seminar, a collaborative arrangement between SAR and the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), was to bring together an interdisciplinary, intercultural group of artisans and the scholars who work with them to discuss the production, marketing, and consumption of crafts and boutique food products.
Uniting the Histories of Slavery in North AmericaOctober 12–13, 2012Uniting the Histories of Slavery in North AmericaCo-chaired by James F. Brooks, President and CEO, School for Advanced Research and Bonnie Martin, Research Associate, Department of History, Southern Methodist UniversityThis seminar brought together specialists in history, anthropology, folklore, and psychology to provide a broader understanding to an array of local and regional studies of new forms of bondage—in the past and today—that take us beyond the well-known studies of slavery in the east.
Fieldwork in PhilosophyOctober 26–28, 2012Fieldwork in PhilosophyChaired by Ann Stoler, Willy Brandt Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies, The New School for Social ResearchLegend has it that when a discipline is in crisis, it invariably turns to philosophy. While such claims tend to contain a grain of truth, the organizers of this short seminar saw the current “philosophical turn” in anthropology very differently—as a move that marks a broader set of emergent realignments in anthropology’s approach to how concepts operate in the world. Rather than seeing this as a moment of anthropology in crisis, this seminar explored it as a vital, generative moment of possible synergy between the two disciplines.
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